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Recipients taught agriculture-based lessons to more than 6,000 students.

March 27, 2019

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Eight FFA Chapters received #SpeakAgMichigan awards sponsored by the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture during the 91st Mich
AWARDED: Eight FFA chapters received #SpeakAgMichigan awards. Pictured (from left) are Audrey Schapman, Lapeer; Haili Gusa, Ubly; Adison Miller, Branch Area Career Center; Cramer Laurenz, Breckenridge; Elizabeth Trudeau, North Huron; Kayla LaRocque, Springport; and Katarina Haynes, Webberville.

The Michigan Foundation for Agriculture’s #SpeakAgMichigan award honored eight FFA chapters with a total of $5,000 during the Michigan FFA Convention on March 7 on the Michigan State University campus.

The chapters are working to help their communities become more agriculturally literate — to have a basic understanding of raising plants and animals for food, fuel and fiber. 

The award will help the chapters to further those outreach efforts.

Collectively, award recipients taught agriculture-based lessons to more than 6,000 students in their local school districts. These high school FFA members were recognized for setting goals, communicating with elementary teachers, and planning and delivering grade-appropriate lessons or educational stations to show the many ways agriculture products are present in daily life.

In addition, award recipients organized agriculture and natural resources educational programming for more than 5,000 adults. Many partnered with their county farm bureaus to enhance programming for both organizations.

The Michigan Foundation for Agriculture’s mission is to communicate agriculture’s message to consumers and students through educational programming and to provide leadership development for agriculturalists of today and tomorrow.

Inspired by National FFA’s similar initiative, the #SpeakAgMichigan award is more than just a social media trend. It can be a language used to close the gap between agriculture and consumers.

“The #SpeakAgMichigan Awards supports two of Michigan Farm Bureau’s top priorities: leadership development and consumer outreach,” says Alex Schnabelrauch, director of the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture. “We are encouraged by, and are proud to recognize, the efforts of young agriculture leaders to bridge the communication gap between farmers and our consumers.”

#SpeakAgMichigan award recipients

Gold winner ($1,000). Springport FFA for middle school GMO presentations, a K-5 pollinator session, and third-grade outreach through the Jackson County Farm Bureau Project Rural Education Day.

Gold winner ($1,000). Webberville FFA for assisting with the Ingham County Farm Bureau Circle of Life tent at the county fair, planning and implementing an Ag Olympics event during National FFA week, and presenting an Agriculture Mini Library to elementary classes to promote its AGstravaganza ag awareness event.

Silver winner ($700). North Huron FFA for organizing and leading a K-5 Extended Day Program focused on agriculture called “Growing Minds with Agriculture” based on standards.

Silver winner ($700). Ubly FFA for teaching elementary students plant science through planting and caring for vegetables and managing a community garden to help educate and provide fruits and vegetables for the community.

Bronze winner ($400). Branch Area Career Center FFA for teaching elementary students the aspects of dairy through eight stations at a local dairy farm by partnering with their county farm bureau.

Bronze winner ($400). Breckenridge FFA for partnering with Gratiot County Farm Bureau to present the Pizza Project, a monthly Ag in the Classroom event, teaching second-grade students how the ingredients on their pizza are grown.

Bronze winner ($400). Caledonia FFA for participating in the National Read Ag Book Day by reading an ag accurate book to 520 elementary students and teaching urban students about agriculture and how their snacks are grown and processed.

Bronze winner ($400). Lapeer County AM FFA for participating in Ag in the Classroom with three elementary classrooms, hosting an agriculture camp for elementary students, partnering with the county farm bureau at Project Rural Education Day, and volunteering for the Living Experience exhibit at the Eastern Michigan State Fair.

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